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Old 03-14-2012, 10:11 PM   #1
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Why is my bootloader menu a blurry green mess?

Hi there. Installed Fedora 16 recently. I have been trying to find a gui utility to edit GRUB2. No success.
Anyway, all I get after a restart is just a blurry mess where I cannot read anything. Since I dual-boot with Windows 7, I need to be able to decide where to go. No key helps, Esc, shift, tab... Once Fedora loads, graphics are fine.
Now when I completely turn off my laptop and turn it back on, I get a nice text menu to show my boot options.
How can I change this problem with a restart; I want to be able to enjoy my Fedora 16.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Old 03-16-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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Hi - sounds frustrating. So, just to confirm when this happens:

- does the same problem always happen whether you do your restart from Fedora or from Windows?
- if you're in Fedora and then close and open the laptop lid, or suspend and resume, does the display work OK?
- is it only if you restart the machine you get a messed up boot menu or do you get display problems at any other times?
Old 03-16-2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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Thanks for your answer, FrankP. Yes, the same thing happens when I restart from Windows or Fedora. Display is fine once I am in Fedora, whether I open and close the lid, or whatever. It's only when I restart. I need to shut down the laptop completely, then turn it back on. At that point, I get a plain text mode boot menu, rather than a graphical one. Strange...
Old 03-16-2012, 05:28 PM   #4
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You can always try to replace GRUB with any other boot manager. This new manager should be placed in MBR while GRUB should be still installed into the boot record of the partition where your Fedora is installed. You may try this only if you really understand how it works. Make a backup your MBR before modifying it, e.g.:
dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr.backup bs=512 count=1
To restore (using any Linux live CD/DVD/USB):
dd if=mbr.backup of=/dev/sda
Old 03-16-2012, 05:38 PM   #5
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I understand. Thank you for your answer, zk1234.


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